Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Staying in touch with friends and family - primary

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These activities are designed to support discussions about why staying in touch with friends and family is important for our wellbeing.

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For children in nursery and P1

  • Talk with your child about the importance of keeping in touch with friends and family. Ask if they can think of a friend or family member they haven’t seen or been in touch with recently.
  • Is there a way you could contact that person together? Make a list of the different ways you could get in touch.
  • Make a plan to contact the person. Decide the best way to get in touch, and what you would like to talk about or share with them. For example, you could tell them about your day, things you have enjoyed doing, and find out how they are and what they have enjoyed recently.

For children in P2/P3/P4

  • Talk with your child about the past week. Who can they remember speaking with, playing with and who would they like to get in touch with this week?
  • Encourage them to think about the different ways people keep in touch.
  • Ask them to think of different ways to keep in touch without using technology.
  • Give them the choice of writing a letter or drawing a picture for a family member or friend that can maybe be posted to them. What message do they want to send to this person?

For children in P5/P6/P7

  • With your child, make a list of all the different ways you can keep in touch with someone. Which of these do they use the most? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  • Discuss with your child if they think using technology to keep in touch suits everyone? Think about people in your family who don’t use technology. What is the best way to keep in touch with them?
  • Think about someone in the family who lives in another house such as a grandparent, aunt/uncle or cousin. Think of something you would like to tell them about. Write them an email about it then write a short letter. What is the difference? Did you use different language? Now send the person both the short letter and the email. If you can, ask them which they preferred and why?